Intraspinous postlaminectomy pseudomeningocele

Sergio Paolini, Pasquale Ciappetta, Maria Cristina Piattella

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Pseudomeningoceles are uncommon complications of lumbar surgery. They are encapsulated cerebrospinal fluid collections developing extradurally as a consequence of incidental dural tears. They are typically located in the paraspinal compartment and occasionally reach the subcutaneous space. We describe the case of a patient in whom a post-laminectomy pseudomeningocele developed over a 10-year period within the L5 spinous process and remained completely encircled within its bony boundaries. The surgical implications of this finding are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-327
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Spine Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003


  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar surgery
  • Pseudomeningocele
  • Spinous process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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